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The Quick
 
 
  Dear friends,

In times of great distress, the arts are known to provide comfort. We go to a theatre and experience dance and music and plays as a salve for the wounded soul and to experience joy. At the Quick, we have gained a bit of a reputation for moving our audiences outside of that comfort zone – bringing artists to the stage that challenge who we are and what we believe in. We ask you to take risks and experience voices completely unlike your own to gain understanding and empathy. We ask that you fuel your body and mind with the unknown and let it change you and in turn the community around you. Though our theatre doors may currently be closed due to the pandemic, the Quick is still a part of your community and we no longer ask – we demand.

There is great power in the collective voice, and we believe that change is possible through your actions. We are outraged and disheartened by the repetitive murders of black people in our country and the continued systemic racism that has taken place for hundreds of years. We believe #blacklivesmatter. This is evident in our programming as we are committed to engaging with artists that push us to see the realities of their world, to self-reflect, and to change our world for the better.

It is time to sit in the discomfort of change and to grow from it. We cannot wait for another black life to be lost, though it will sadly happen again all too soon. We cannot sit in the sidelines and assume that the burden is that of people of color, our LGBTQ+ community, and minority groups to change the world alone. In this moment, we must move beyond words and take action – to vote, to engage, to feel empathy and rage, and to demand change.

The Quick stands beside our artists and speakers as they commit to their work and support their voices being heard in this movement for change. We support the students, faculty, and staff of Fairfield University as we all embark on this journey to truly understand the principals of racial and social justice and to best serve our community. The Quick will continue to present a diverse range of voices and experiences that remind all of us of what is truly possible when we commit ourselves to learning and being inspired by voices that are not our own. We demand that you hold us to the same steps of action that we ask of you.

Sincerely,

Lori N. Jones
Director of Programming and Audience Development

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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